New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday posed
a query to the Centre as to what was the "great need" for
deemed universities in the country.
A bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Mukundakam
Sharma also asked the Centre whether any of the Indian deemed
universities is having its branches in other countries of the
"We would like to know whether you have this system of
deemed universities of yours in other foreign countries also.
What is the great need of the deemed universities?" the bench
asked Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam.
The bench posed the query while granting six more
weeks to the Centre which has offered to submit a
comprehensive report on the status of deemed universities in
The Solicitor General, who had earlier assured the
bench that the report would be submitted by the first week of
September, sought six more weeks time on the plea that the
government-appointed T N Tandon committee was receiving
representations and suggestions from various academic
quartiers including the IITs faculty.
At the earlier hearing, the apex court had asked the
Centre whether there was any geniune need for deemed
universities in the country.
"Why should we need deemed universities at all? Do you
think that we should abolish the status?" the bench had
earlier asked the Centre.
The Centre had responded by claiming that the Tandon
Committee would examine this issue also.
The apex court had asked the question while dealing
with a PIL challenging the mushrooming of deemed universities
in the country.
The bench has sought details from the Centre as to
how many universities have been granted deemed status
from 2006 and how many proposals have been rejected.